Southern Company Sr. Security Engineer in Atlanta, Georgia

Sr. Security Engineer


At Southern Company, our core objective is to ensure safe and reliable computing environment for the consumers of our services, both internally and externally. Our complex environment generates a constant stream of challenges which require continual innovation with an evolving set of technologies. Keeping the network safe and reliable ensures that our users stay connected with our applications, products and services.

Position Overview

This role will design and architect solutions that enforce information technology security standards for both Internet facing applications, cloud applications as well as internal applications. The Information Security Analyst Specialist leads efforts to secure the technical infrastructure that includes network, hardware, database and system software components. This role serves a critical part in protecting our nation’s critical infrastructure, including the electric grid, nuclear power plants, and other aspects of generation, transmission, and distribution processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred

  • 3 years of combined IT and security work experience, with broad exposure to infrastructure/network, cloud, endpoint and IoT platforms

  • Hands-on experience with penetration testing and ethical hacking

  • Knowledgeable of application security (OWASP Top 10)

  • Experience using an enterprise architecture methodology (Gartner, TOGAF, etc.)

  • Experience with Palo Alto Networks Firewalls, FirePower Threat Defense

  • Experience in networking concepts and services, such as VPNs, IPSEC, PKI and TCP/IP

  • Experience with Linux/UNIX/Windows server, MS SQL, Oracle, MySQL

  • Experience with SDN and perimeter protection technologies (WAF, DDoS Protection, Proxy)

  • Experience with Cloud security and platforms

  • Experience with SIEM and other security analytical technologies and architectures highly desired (Splunk, ArcSight, Qradar, Exabeam)

  • Knowledge of web service, OpenID Connect, and IDaaS technologies highly desired

  • Industry certification preferred (CISSP, CISA, GIAC, AWS)

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead the evaluation, development and recommendation of specific security solutions and platforms

  • Provide security advisory and consulting services to major projects, programs and business partners

  • Work closely with other security, technology and business groups to develop enterprise security architectures

  • Review current state security architecture, identify design gaps and recommend security enhancements; establish a strategic security architecture vision that aligns with Southern’s overall risk management strategy

  • Develop, maintain and evolve enterprise security reference architecture, templates, use case designs

  • Stay abreast of new security technologies, standards and enterprise frameworks and integrate them into existing security architecture design where possible.

  • Monitor, measure, and refine the execution of the security architecture plans to align Key Risk Indicators (KRIs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

Job Requirements

  • United States citizenship is required

  • Awareness of energy industry trends, opportunities and challenges

  • Strong technical consulting experience; ability to understand business requirements and present appropriate solutions

  • Effectively communicate both technical and business requirements

  • Ability to work independently or within a team

  • Demonstrated critical, independent thinking; demonstrated ability to conceive and present creative solutions

  • Basic budgeting, accounting and financial skills preferred

  • Must pass NERC CIP & Insider Threat Protection background checks

  • Occasional travel to local and regional locations in pursuit of the job duties and requirements.

Ideal Candidate:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant curricula

  • Prior experience implementing and supporting security solutions in alignment with government regulations and private sector frameworks

  • Good understanding of cloud security, specifically Azure and AWS.

  • Experience working on large and complex IT projects in a matrixed environment

  • One or more of the following certifications:CISSP, CISA, GIAC, AWS,

  • Fortune 500 background


With 4.4 million customers and more than 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company is the premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average. Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development, was named Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at at

We offer a competitive compensation package. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Field: Information Technology

Job Type: Standard

Primary Location: Georgia-Metro Atlanta-Atlanta

Operating Company: Southern Company Services

Other Locations: Alabama-Metro Birmingham/Eastern AL-Birmingham

Job Type: Standard

Travel (Up to...): Yes, 25 % of the Time

Work Location(s):

Georgia Power Headquarters - 241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE (241ATLANTA)

241 Ralph McGill Blvd. NE

Atlanta, 30308

APC Corporate Headquarters - 600 North 18th Street (600BIRMINGHAM)

600 North 18th Street

Birmingham, 35203

Req ID: SCS2007247